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Old 10-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #151
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WARNING: MOTORCYCLE PHILOSOPHY RANT
(BMW owners - proceed with caution as you may become offended. Remember, this is only one sarcastic a-hole's opinion)
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I've got to agree with you on all accounts here, but I'll add another component...

This is purely my personal viewpoint, but I'd find it strange to blow through a place like Mongolia on a $20k machine. I've never been to Mongolia, but I have ridden in India (similar to your other report), Bangladesh, and a few other countries that could be considered the "third world."

Sure, there were many times in India when I would have loved to have had a KTM 690 under me, but I couldn't imagine rolling up to a town or a yurt on something so indicative of our economic and quality of life differences. Granted, this is likely something that isn't offensive to those you encounter on the road, but it doesn't sit well with me, personally.

I've bought and rented Royal Enfields, Pulsares, and Hondas. As you've eluded, half of the fun is making it all work with what is available or commonly used in the area. If it's good enough for (insert local people), it's good enough for me. I prefer immersion. It would seem your lot does too, which is why I enjoy these reports so much.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #152
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I've got to agree with you on all accounts here, but I'll add another component...

This is purely my personal viewpoint, but I'd find it strange to blow through a place like Mongolia on a $20k machine. I've never been to Mongolia, but I have ridden in India (similar to your other report), Bangladesh, and a few other countries that could be considered the "third world."

Sure, there were many times in India when I would have loved to have had a KTM 690 under me, but I couldn't imagine rolling up to a town or a yurt on something so indicative of our economic and quality of life differences. Granted, this is likely something that isn't offensive to those you encounter on the road, but it doesn't sit well with me, personally.

I've bought and rented Royal Enfields, Pulsares, and Hondas. As you've eluded, half of the fun is making it all work with what is available or commonly used in the area. If it's good enough for (insert local people), it's good enough for me. I prefer immersion. It would seem your lot does too, which is why I enjoy these reports so much.
Sure, rent or buy something "local" if you're flying into particular country or region but most of the riders on big GSs are traveling for months - more often years - around the world. Like Oisin, they just ride what they brung.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:33 PM   #153
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Yeah, again to each his own. I really do love all motorcycles. I just like to poke at my buddies who own Gravel Goldwings! ;)

Day 19
We slept under the stars the last night. We figured it would save us some time breaking camp in the morning. We packed and rode planning on getting a real breakfast at our friends place in UB.


Here was the last sweet little section of two track.


We quickly got to the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar. Kind of depressing it was coming to an end.


Then my bike quit running. CRAP!! Not totally unexpected but really? 15km from the finish? I quickly figured out that the spark plug had fouled out. Kind of weird that a 4 stroke would foul I thought. Oh well. A mongolian came over to give me a hand. He hadn't seen me clean the plug and he fiddled around a bit then kicked it over and it started. He was pretty proud. Too funny.


Well, we dodged the fuzz on the way in and made it to our friends place. We weren't done yet. It was strictly business now. We headed over to a car wash and cleaned up the bikes anticipating a sale.


We polished these turds up pretty good!


Wow!! That thing's looking sharp!!


We met up with our other friend Tuvshi who new someone that might be interested in all three bikes.


Sure enough, sold for $400 a piece. Done deal.

47km for the day.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:00 PM   #154
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Just love your whole take on the trip! Well done, looks like you had a blast
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:01 PM   #155
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What an awesome ride report! This is one of those truly inspiring ones!

Although my eyes still burn from the sexay buuuuurt pics!
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:54 AM   #156
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I quickly figured out that the spark plug had fouled out. Kind of weird that a 4 stroke would foul I thought...
The stock plug is Chinese brand, quality varies on ur luck. #1 rule about these machine is change to what their "ancestor" recommend.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:53 AM   #157
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:55 AM   #158
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I'm not much of gps guy. I guess the best format to share tracks is GPX files? Got any suggestions on where to store a GPX file that people can download?
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:28 AM   #159
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This was an epic trip, one you should be proud of for sure. Lifetimes worth of great memories. I can hardly wait until I get there. Thanks so much for an inspiring report.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #160
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Respect. Great trip and really striking images
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:47 PM   #161
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Thanks for taking me along. What a great read!
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:04 PM   #162
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Nice report. I really enjoyed it. Can some one get the bikes in the US. They look like some thing good to get around town.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #163
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... Can some one get the bikes in the US...
Honda CGL125 Tool http://www.honda.mx/motos/tool/ cross the border is similar to that bike.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:49 PM   #164
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What an incredible report!! You guys had nine kinds of good luck on that ride. That bit of rain just put the adventure into it.

Awesome report. Thanks for taking us along.

Interesting point about the Gravel Goldwing. I've often thought something like that but never been able to express it so perfectly.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #165
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I'm not much of gps guy. I guess the best format to share tracks is GPX files? Got any suggestions on where to store a GPX file that people can download?
You can upload track for each day to ridewithgps.com and share a link or embed it within your RR. It's awesome to read RR and check gps track at the same time - it just adds another dimension in my opinion.

re philosophy rant on bwm - I took G650X over there and it was just fine. Good enough to make 22 000 km trip, small enough to go through deep shit.

Awesome report and great idea to get there and ride like a local. I need to learn how to travel lighter though.
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